Buddhists to Agitate for Control of Mahabodhi Temple

November 21, 2006

Author: Anand Mohan Sahay

Source: Rediff India Abroad


Bodh Gaya Mahabodhi Vihar All India Action Committee will launch a nationwide fresh agitation for control of the management of the 1,500-year-old Mahabodhi temple in Bihar's Bodh Gaya town.

Currently, the temple's management is controlled by non-Buddhists.

Bhante Anand, president of the Bodh Gaya Mahabodhi Vihar All India Action Committee, said Buddhists will no more wait, but agitate for control of the temple.

Anand told rediff.com in Patna on Wednesday that Buddhists will begin a fresh agitation next month on the occasson of the 2,550th birth anniversary of Lord Buddha in Bodh Gaya.

"After much deliberations, we have decided to agitate for Buddhist control of the temple management," Anand said.